Digital Content Director
Associate Director, Digital Content, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Digital Experience Strategist, Web Group, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, CA
July 2014–February 2015
Content strategy, editorial, information architecture, and project management.
Specialize in educational content development. Areas of expertise include digital games, data management, digital publishing, and social media.
Senior Web Writer/Editor, Web Group, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, CA
Web Writer/Editor, Web Group, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, CA
October 2001–July 2008
Curatorial Research Associate, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
September 1998–August 2001
Support position for curatorial staff. Managed research, exhibitions, programming, and database projects. Worked on grant project to teach 6th graders how curate an exhibition, and develop an online experience. Developed training materials and taught training sessions for curators about technology applications.
Thursday After Hours Coordinator, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
May 1998–January 2001
Successfully programmed and managed all aspects of a weekly music, poetry, and performance art series designed to develop relationships with local artists and musicians attract young audiences.
Assistant Manager, Visitor Services, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
April 1998–April 1999
Managed team of 20 front-line admissions and ticketing staff, configured ticketing software, and coordinated with security and volunteer staff on crowd management and customer service.
- Board member, Museum Computer Network, 2017-2020
- Grant review panelist, Digital Projects for the Public grants, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2015 & 2017
- National Program Committee, American Alliance of Museums, 2014
- Board member, Media & Technology Professional Network, American Alliance of Museums, 2013–present
- Editorial board, Journal of Interactive Humanities (http://scholarworks.rit.edu/jih/), 2013–
- Webmaster & Managing Editor, Village Green Homeowners Association, 2005–2012, volunteer. Designed, built and manage website (villagegreenla.net); managing editor of quarterly newsletter.
- Intern, archival collections—NASA History Office, Dryden Flight Research Center, 2012
- Editorial Board member, editor—Student Research Journal, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, 2011 http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/
- Juror—Indiecade game festival, 2011, volunteer
- Teacher—graduate student instructor, community college lecturer, 1993-1997
- Photographer—commercial event photography, seasonal, 1993–1997
- Portrait and caricature artist—theme parks, summers, 1985–1992
- Excavator—various archaeology projects in Virginia, seasonal, 1998–1990
- Travel—China, Western and Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, and Thailand
- Copy editing—Chicago Manual of Style, AP, APA
- Legal knowledge—extensive experience evaluating copyright clearance, privacy, and intellectual property issues surrounding the online publication of text, images, and video.
- Languages—French: near fluent reading and writing; German: advanced beginner; Mandarin: beginner
MLIS, San José State University (Read my e-portfolio)
Ph.D. Candidate/ABD, University of Michigan, History of Art
M.A., University of Michigan, History of Art
B.A., University of Virginia, Art History and Archaeology/Anthropology
Publications and Lectures
“Yes, And: Improv to make your museum more collaborative, empathetic, and fun,” with Dana Mitroff-Silvers and Andrew Phan, at Museums Computer Network annual conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 10, 2017.
“MCN50 Voices: 5 ideas from 50 years of MCN.” an Ignite performance with Seema Rao and Mara Kurlandsky, at Museum Computer Network, Pittsburgh, PA, November 7, 2018. Video: http://bit.ly/2MCVHIp
“Lightning Talks” session chair, at Museums and the Web annual conference, Cleveland, OH, April 22, 2018.
“Working Groups that Work.” with Meagan Estep, Sarah Wambold, and Rosemary Willink, at Museums and the Web annual conference, Cleveland, OH, April 21, 2017.
“Results from the National Visitor Motivation Survey Online.” with Sarah Wambold, Marty Spellerberg and others, at Museum Computer Network Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 3, 2016. Slides: http://bit.ly/2MHzv03
“Digital Publishing: Taking the Plunge and How to Keep Swimming.” with Ahree Lee. Museum Computer Network Conference, Minneapolis, MN. November 4, 2015.
“Empathy at Play: Social Media Game Jam.” with David Schaller and Seema Rao, Museum Computer Network Conference, Minneapolis, MN. November 4, 2015.
“Building Authentic Connections with Visitors through Design Thinking.” with Dana Mitroff Silvers, a half-day workshop at Museum Computer Network Conference, Minneapolis, MN. November 4, 2015. Slides: http://bit.ly/1I8YsYo
“The Magic Circle.” Westmusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks. Western Museums Association Annual Meeting, October 27, 2015.
“Digital Art History: From Practice to Publication.” Colloquium at UCLA Summer Institute, Beyond the Digitized Slide Library. July 14, 2015. Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/jolifanta/digital-art-history-from-practice-to-publication
“Ready, Set, Play! Getting Started with Game Development.” with David Schaller of eduweb and Seema Rao of the Cleveland Museum of Art. American Alliance of Museums annual meeting, Atlanta, GA. April 26-29, 2015. Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/jolifanta/ready-set-play-a-tutorial-about
“Prototyping for Digital Projects.” American Alliance of Museums annual meeting, Atlanta, GA. April 26-29, 2015.
“Pietro Mellini’s Inventory in Verse, 1681: A Digital Facsimile with Translation and Commentary.” Project manager. Getty Research Institute: Los Angeles, 2015. http://www.getty.edu/research/mellini/
“Supporting Digital Scholarship and Publishing at the Getty.” Pacific Neighborhood Consortium Annual Conference. National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. October 21, 2014. Slides: http://slidesha.re/1xzSmws
“Basics of Building Games.” with Kellian Adams of Green Door Labs. Serious Play Conference, Pre-Conference Workshop on Games and Museums at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. July 21, 2014.
MLIS Electronic Portfolio. Culminating experience of my coursework with San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), in pursuit of a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. May, 2014.
“Repurposeable Digital Games at the J. Paul Getty Museum.” Part of a panel about making repurposeable games. American Alliance of Museums annual meeting, Seattle, WA, May 19, 2014. Slides: http://slidesha.re/1vdDMMC
“Tech Tutorial: Basics of Building Games.” Instructor, with Kellian Adams of Green Door Labs and Matt Haselton of Filament Games. American Alliance of Museums annual meeting, Seattle, WA, May 20, 2014
“Scholars Workspace: An Online Collaboration and Publication Tool for Scholars.” Part of panel on New Approaches to Museum Publishing. Museum Computer Network. Montreal, QC, Canada, November 23, 2013. Slides: http://slidesha.re/1xzSHz6
“An In-Gallery Mobile Game at the J. Paul Getty Museum.” Part of panel, “Family Time in Museums: Online or Unplugged?” Western Museums Association. Salt Lake City, UT, October 11, 2013. http://www.slideshare.net/jolifanta/visitor-experience-with-a-mobile-ingallery-game
“What Museums Learn By Building Games.” Serious Play Conference. Redmond, WA, August 19, 2013. http://slidesha.re/1vdDYeO
“Magnificent Masters of Museum Mysteries: Narrative Games in Museum Contexts.” Presenter, American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD, May 21, 2013.
“Games: Creating Connections to Collections.” Presenter, American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN, April 30, 2012.
“Social Media 101: A Tech Tutorial.” Presenter, American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2012.
“Google Analytics 101: A Tech Tutorial.” Presenter, American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2012.
“Digital Mellini: An Online Collaboration Tool for Scholars.” Co-presenter with Tina Shah, Museum Computer Network conference, Atlanta, GA. November 18, 2011. http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/creating-an-online-collaboration-tool-for-scholars/
“Social Media and Organizational Change.” With Dana Allen-Greil, Eric Johnson, and Jack Ludden. Proceedings of the Museums and the Web Conference. Philadelphia, PA. April 6–9, 2011. http://conference.archimuse.com/mw2011/papers/social_media_and_organizational_change
Student Research Journal. Vol. 1 (2011), issue 1. Copy editor. http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol1/iss1/
“Facebook and Twitter Basics.” Technology tutorial. Presenter, American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Houston, TX, May 22, 2011.
“Basics of Google Analytics.” Technology tutorial. Presenter, American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Houston, TX, May 24, 2011.
“Got Friends? Social Media for Museums.” Technology tutorial. Presenter, American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA, May 24, 2010.
“Zombies vs. Knaves: Playing Games in Cultural Institutions.” Presenter, Meaningful Play 2010 conference. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, October 23, 2010.
“Digital Learning Games: Promises and Pitfalls.” Chair of session, American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Denver, CO, April 30, 2008.
“Online Learning and Education.” Co-presenter in the American Association of Museum’s Professional Education Live Webinar Series, The Digital Museum: Transforming the Future Now. April 1, 2008.
“The Name of the Game: Museums and Digital Learning Games.” Co-authored with David Schaller, in The Digital Museum: A Think Guide. Herminia Din and Phyllis Hecht, eds. American Association of Museums: Washington D.C., 2007. Sample chapter: http://www.eduweb.com/name_of_game.html
“Digital Learning Games: What They Are and Why to Make Them.” Presenter, with David Schaller, Association of American Museums Annual Conference. Chicago, IL, May 16, 2007.
“Whyville Assessment.” Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Trust, May 2006; published online in 2007. http://getty.edu/museum/research/metrics_evaluations/whyville_assessment_2007.html
“Bringing the Curatorial Process to the Web.” With Christina DePaolo, Carrie Adams, and Traci Cole, Proceedings of the Museums and the Web Conference. Seattle, Washington, March 13–17, 2001. http://www.museumsandtheweb.com/mw2001/papers/depaolo/depaola.html
“Subverting the Stereotype: Contemporary Artists in America and the Politics of Representation.” M.A. Thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1993.
“The Photographic Representation of the Other: a discussion inspired by the works of Sebastião Salgado.” Third Text, no. 16/17, Autumn/Winter 1991–1992. http://www.thirdtext.com/c/back-issues/016/